Tag Archives: Wading Birds

Gathering of Roseate Spoonbills

This scene greeted me when I arrived at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area last week.

Roseate Spoonbills, Black-necked Stilts, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Black-necked Stilts, Snowy Egret

It was hard to know where to look first.

Roseate Spoonbills, Black-necked Stilts, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Black-necked Stilt, Snowy Egret

The Roseate Spoonbills raising their beaks like this is often a precursor to flight, like a secret signal.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

Sure enough, the crowd thinned.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

These few stayed a bit longer, performing various stretches then the one on the left gave the signal.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

Reddish Egret Session Photobombed

There is no etiquette amongst the wading birds.

Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret

Birds just drop in on each other, no announcement necessary.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in

You were busy fishing, I’ll share your spot.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in, Tricolored Heron flying by
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in, Tricolored Heron flying by

Maybe just hop a bit further on.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in

I don’t know if they actually touched, but it sure was close.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis dropping in

The Reddish Egret never kept to his path and the Ibis did keep moving. Once the Ibis touched down he didn’t look as big as with his wings out.

Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis
Reddish Egret, Glossy Ibis

According to Cornell’s All About Birds, the Glossy Ibis at 19-26 inches(48-66 cm) in length is slightly smaller than the Reddish Egret  at 28-31 inches (70-80 cm).

Black Point Wildlife Drive
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, FL
April 12, 2022

Great Blue Heron, Yellow Iris

Yellow Iris are in bloom around one of the more manicured ponds where the Great Blue Herons hunt.

Great Blue Heron, Yellow Iris
Great Blue Heron, Yellow Iris

As they generally do, this heron took his time, watching the water carefully.

Great Blue Heron, Yellow Iris
Great Blue Heron, Yellow Iris, Cypress Knees

When I moved on the GBH stayed put, even as I walked behind him.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 29, 2022

Little Blue Heron on the Hunt, 2

Almost three months later and in the same place as the photos for my post Little Blue Heron on the Hunt I spotted another, or the same, LBH.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Purple Iris dotted the scene.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

The bird had the same patience…

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

…slowly walking…

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

… and the result was the same, nothing to be had here.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

March 29, 2022